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Echoes of Denmark? Tea baggers send death threats to cartoonist



An award-winning California-based political cartoonist says he is receiving death threats over a 90-second animated film he created that teaches viewers “how to speak Tea Bag.”

Mark Fiore compares his predicament to that of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the prophet Mohamed caused rioting across the Muslim world several years ago, and an attempt on his life last week.

“Muslim extremist, meet Tea Party extremist. Tea Party extremist, meet Muslim extremist,” Fiore writes on his blog.

Fiore’s video, which appeared on NPR’s Web site, causing outrage from some conservative commentators, offers a tongue-in-cheek 90-second lesson in speaking like a tea bagger.

“If you’re having trouble understanding the words of others, use Tea Bag’s stronger, more descriptive ways,” the narrator suggests, to which a tea-bagger is seen responding: “Nazi! Nazi! Nazi!”

“When speaking Tea Bag, it’s not polite to draw attention to others’ campaign contributors or industry connections,” the narrator says. “Remember, they speak Tea Bag just like you.


“Tea Bag: because other languages are just too hard,” the narrator concludes.

That drew harsh criticism from Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who attacked NPR for posting the video on its Web site. In a discussion of the video with another Fox News personality, O’Reilly wondered whether the Fiore video was a sign that the non-profit radio network is a “left-wing Jihadist deal.”

It was presumably O’Reilly’s on-air complaints that drew the wrath of Tea Party supporters, as O’Reilly made his comments this week, while the video itself has been available since November.

“Ah, nothing like death threats from the Tea Party crew to get your morning started,” Fiore tweeted Thursday morning. “Death panels, anyone?”


In his online reaction to the death threats, Fiore offered an olive branch to his political opponents:

To all of you who have written emails and comments, I really wish I could respond to every one of you. I truly appreciate your taking the time to write, even if we may be on different sides of the political fence. If there is one thing that my politically mixed San Francisco/Idaho background has taught me, it is benefit of continuing a discussion even if you don’t agree. Too often these days, the Left and the Right immediately shut down if you are deemed to be from the opposing camp. Here’s to good discussion even if we don’t agree.

Now please don’t kill me.

The following video was uploaded to YouTube by Mark Fiore, Nov. 19, 2009.

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Joe Sestak is the 24th Democratic candidate to enter the 2020 race



Former Pennsylvania Representative and 3-star general in the US Navy, Joe Sestak, 67, has made history - as the 24th candidate to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The field is already saturated with candidates young, old, black, white, gay, straight, and every descriptor in between. Diversity - it's a thing - and we embrace it. But 24?

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LGBTQ pride ‘forces’ people to accept ‘a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality’: West Virginia Republican



West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger penned an angry op-ed for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, scorning the idea of LGBTQ acceptance and warning that it is a massive plot to indoctrinate people against Christian values.

"Tolerance, in the face of the violation of the commandments of God, is no virtue at all," said Azinger, a manager of a contracting firm with a master's degree in pastoral theology. He ripped into the local newspaper for covering an LGBTQ pride event the previous Saturday, thundering that, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."

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The Italian job: 2026 Winter Olympics will be staged in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo



Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo was named as hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics on Monday, beating off a bid from Stockholm/Are in Sweden and giving Italy the showpiece event for the third time.

The 2026 Olympics will run from February 6-22, said the International Olympic Committee.

Italy has twice previously hosted the Winter Games -- in 1956 in Cortina d'Ampezzo and 2006 in Turin. Sweden has only hosted the Summer Olympics, in 1912 in Stockholm.

IOC members gave the Italian bid the nod by 47 votes to 34.

"It's an historic day and a victory of all Italians," said Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini.

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